The Amazing Race 14 Episodes

2009, TV Show

The Amazing Race 14 Episode: "She's a Little Scared of Stick, But I Think She'll Be OK (Siberia)"

Season 14, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: The seven remaining teams continue to compete in Russia on the fifth leg of the race. Teams must choose between delivering a bride across town to a church or driving a snowplow through a tight course to receive a clue. Later, one person from each pair must strip off their outer clothes and brave frigid temperatures to take part in a run.
Original Air Date: Mar 15, 2009

Amazing Race 14 Episode Recap: "She's a Little Scared of Stick, But I Think She'll Be OK" Season 14, Episode 5

The action continues in Siberia, and the seven remaining teams battle for first place as they drive a snowplow, escort a bride to her groom, and run a mini-marathon in their skivvies — in frigid temperatures. Oh, and one team attempts to ditch two others. Want to find out who it is? Read on.

For the second week in a row, I wish I had had input in creating the challenges for the teams. Trying to spell Chekhov has nothing on my task at hand, which is verifying the spelling of the cities and theaters that everyone is traveling to. I'm pleased to report my pronunciations are not bungled as badly as the players. So, just as I got the hang of spelling Krasnoyarsk, the last Pit Stop, the seven remaining teams head off to the city of Novosibirsk by way of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. After their 400-mile excursion through the arctic region, they all are to find Punkt Tehnicheskogo Osmotra for their next clue. (In the U.S., we have our share of obstacles too. Not only is the spelling tricky, but traveling the Schuykill Expressway to work is my daily challenge.)

The playing field is leveled off since there is only one train departing late in the evening and all the teams will board that one. Mike comments that the last become first and the first become last. Proud papa Mel recognizes the bible quote and says "Thank, God. It's a miracle!" Some had no problem with the accommodations, but poor Kisha's feet hung over the end of the bed. And as Mike shares that he slept like "crap," Luke mocks him with his finger aping a fake tear rolling down his face. Always the quick-witted one, Mike comments that Luke creates a new archetype — "the sinister deaf kid".

Russian Snowplow required teams to drive to a stadium and take turns operating a monster snowplow. For three teams, the trek there showed where the camaraderie stood. Stopping to get directions at a gas station, Margie and Luke pull over with Jaime and Cara right behind them. They think the lawyer siblings are part of the posse, but Victor instead asked a cab driver for directions and took off. Hoping to stay ahead and not be left behind, Margie drives after Victor and directs Luke to watch for the girls. But Victor is not totally sure where he's going and stops for directions again. He pulls the same stunt yet again leaving with the directions, ditching mother, son and the two friends. Victor waves goodbye saying: "Sorry." I assume he was apologizing and not describing himself. Chastising Victor for this move is easy, but it's a tough call to make with a $1 million at stake. And you never know if you'd act differently than you think you would while at home watching, right?

Upon arrival, the three teams are neck and neck-and-neck as they take a few minutes determining which vehicle was the actual snowplow. Tammy said a Mercedes is the biggest vehicle she has ever driven. She and her brother are the first done and must drive to the largest library in Siberia, the Bibliotekah, where they'll search for their next clue.

For the Russian Bride challenge, the teams were to find an apartment building, search for a room with a waiting bride then figure out how to get across town to photograph her with the groom. Mike's Detour selections depend on what sounds more fun, so he and his dad pick this one, as do Christie and Jodi. When they stop for directions they mention that the local guys they're depending on reek of liquor. Eventually they reach a church, having followed a presumably non-vodka-drinking local but the bride says nyet! They've had the most difficulty with directions and it keeps them at the back of the pack.

Teams had been driving themselves around on the icy roads in a Russian car, known as a Lada, with a four-speed transmission. Jen says she's doing "good in the 'hood" but it sounds like she's stripping the gears.

Who has stamina and absolutely no shame? In Run Winter Marathon, one person must run 1.4 miles "as the locals do" — in their underwear! Are the locals really running around in the frigid weather in their tighty-whiteys? With no hesitation, Mike says he'll do it. It was cool to see Phil Keoghan's solidarity with the players by flashing us a shot in his boxer briefs.

Victor confessed he was jealous of his sister and wanted to run around the streets in his underwear instead of her. Cara is attractive but it takes all kinds to hit on someone while they are running — with two escorts no less. It was thought that Luke wasn't wearing underwear but it was actually Jen who admitted that she goes commando. Mike is the whitest shade of white, bright white in fact. And his dark clunky boots only expose his pallor even more.

Pit Stop
As Luke shows up in his black jockeys on the steps of the Novosibirsk Ballet and Opera Theater the theme to Rocky accompanies him. Margie grabs his hand and pulls him into the theater where a ballet is being performed. It's the second time they are team number one. After all their ditching, Tammy and Victor are second to arrive. Stunt brothers Mark and Michael can't find Phil, even when he waves them in to fifth place.

Last week's first two teams end up on the bottom with Kisha and Jen beating out last place team Christie and Jodi. But the flight attendants luck out as this is a non-elimination round.

Return Trips
• Mike: "I'd rather party with the virgin brides than the snowplows."
• Jodi: "Sorry about our dress. If we really came to your wedding, we would look nicer."
• Cara: "I've no idea how to wash the windshield." Jaime: "Drive with your head out the window."
• Christie, while running in her thong: "I knew it would be bare minimum. I didn't know it would be my bare minimum."
• That remixed, pumped-up theme song still makes me want to freak out on the dance floor.
• If you want another perspective on that train ride, check out the 2008 thriller Transsiberian, starring Ben Kingsley.
• What's the name of the most difficult sounding and oddest spelling town or area near you?

Order of Finish:
1.    Margie and Luke
2.    Tammy and Victor
3.    Jaime and Cara
4.    Mel and Mike
5.    Mark and Michael
6.    Kisha and Jen
7.    Christie and Jodi (not eliminated)

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The action continues in Siberia, and the seven remaining teams battle for first place as they drive a snowplow, escort a bride to her groom, and run a mini-marathon in their skivvies — in frigid temperatures. Oh, and one team attempts to ditch two others. Want to find out who it is? Read on.

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